Submitted by Craig on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 13:42
South Australian Forecast (issued Friday 10th January)
Best Days: Saturday and early Sunday on the Mid, Monday - Wednesday mornings down South
The South Coast saw OK waves early yesterday with a light onshore breeze and glassy, fun swell. The Mid Coast started out near flat, but a new long-range SW groundswell filled in, rising to 1ft during the afternoon.
Today the South Coast was again clean and glassy with a light variable wind, while the Mid Coast saw good clean 1ft+ waves during the morning. Winds have since swung onshore and are freshening down on the South Coast, while light to moderate sea breezes are adding a few bumps on the Mid.
This weekend (Jan 11 - 12)
A good pulse of W/SW groundswell is due across the state over the weekend generated by a vigorous mid-latitude frontal progression that fired up west-southwest of WA earlier this week.
Unfortunately winds will be poor for the South Coast where the waves will be biggest, but the Mid should offer clean 1-2ft waves all of tomorrow before easing slowly through Sunday.
Next week (Jan 13 onwards)
A reinforcing pulse of S/SW groundswell is due across the South Coast on Monday, generated by a mid-latitude low pushing east towards Tassie tomorrow (pictured right). This should keep fun waves hitting the coast under light offshore winds during the morning ahead of weak afternoon sea breezes.
The swell will then drop away into Tuesday and further Wednesday but conditions will be clean and the weather hot under morning N'ly winds.
Longer term there's nothing major on the cards until the weekend when a junky and stormy S/SE windswell is expected across the South Coast. Therefore make the most of the coming days of waves and check back for the next update on Monday.